poems are angels
a solo reading by
Diane di Prima
Saturday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m.
second of two readings
by popular demand!
reservations required–
call the bookshop!

For this fundraising evening to help poet Diane di Prima meet some of her ongoing medical expenses, she will read work from a recent collection,entitled “Poems Are Angels” and we’ll also offer for sale a limited edition broadside produced for the evening as well as several pieces of her art.  Diane will also read some poems at random from the notebooks she fills while at concerts and readings, stimulated by the moment and the surroundings — these are the journals she identifies by their covers… the black notebook, the cork notebook, and so on.

Diane’s February 1st event sold out!  However, Diane has agreed to read again one month later – on Saturday, March 1st – so reserve now. All of the seats and much of the available standing room has already been reserved by folks who couldn’t squeeze into Diane’s first reading, so call now if you want to get one of the remaining standing room reservations ($15) for the March 1st event.  Once you have a reservation, we should receive your payment by check or cash before February 15.  Please, no credit cards!

Tickets are $25 for the twenty available seats and $15 for standing room.  We can only accommodate 45-50 people in our small bookshop, so please reserve a space now if you’d like to attend.

If you are in a position to write a larger check, we thank you very much.  As noted, a variety of pieces of Diane’s artwork and perhaps other ephemera will also be available for purchase.  You are welcome to donate pieces of her work for sale.  Please contact us at the bookshop to discuss that possibility.

Diane has had a few tough years, but is doing quite well now– thanks largely to a clear diagnosis of Parkinson’s which has helped her be able to deal appropriately with her challenges.  Her energy is clearly much restored, and we anticipate many years of the fierce engagement she has always brought to her work and her life.

We’re lucky to have had the 60-plus years she has dedicated to her writing and all her related lifework.  And we look forward to all that she has yet to teach us.  Come celebrate & lend a hand.

Diane on pianodiPrimaMemoirs2Diane and LeRoidiane


  1. WOW! Diane di Prima on February 1st. How could I not have known about this?

    Perhaps because I and the San Francisco Art and Poetry Calendar have been on hiatus for the entire month of January as a birthday present to myself. And other than a few days dealing with health issues, it has been a good time for me to work a bit on other projects,creative, as well as the necessary mundane tasks, and I have hardly spent any time on the computer other than setting aside some emails I have received about upcoming Feb. events and not a one of them said anything about Feb.1, Diane di Prima —-In fact the only event I even attended at all this month was a small birthday dinner with friends.

    So I have not spent any time at searching out events for next month until this morning suddenly realizing that I do need to begin some gathering together of events to post in Feb., naturally I came to B&B first. – and lo and behold Diane di Prima!

    No doubt it is far to late for me to be able to purchase a seat and even if by some miracle, there might be one space left for standing, I am no longer able to do standing room only)

    So now I will practice what I have been preaching to myself about letting go by letting of of my desire to come out and see Diane di Prima,. However I do thank you for her address and will send her the check.

    Now since I am more and more unlikely to be found on Facecrack, and my little calendar is obviously no longer on your mailing list, please do add me to the Bird and Beckett mailing List in order that I may receive regular notice of your excellent events.

    And thank you, Eric, for all the personal and community cultural support you continue to give to the creative individuals of our beloved San Francisco and beyond.

    peace and love,

  2. Stephanie Silvia says:

    I would like to reserve 3 standing room tickets for March 1. How to do this? I am one of Diane’s students coming down from Humboldt County. Stephanie Silvia

  3. Hi Nicole,
    Just realizing that I needed to review comments to the store’s website, and here’s one from you awhile back! And hearing that you’re not on the bird & beckett mailing list anymore for some reason. What a mystery! So now you are again… at nsavage@sfheart.com. Hope I got that right. Love you & your wonderful site & calendar. See you soon.